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10/18/2019View FileRunway at the New Orleans Airport to Close for Scheduled Maintenance
10/18/2019View FileThe New Terminal at New Orleans Airport to Open on Nov. 6
The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board announced today that the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) will open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.        
8/8/2019   Airport Serves a Record-High 1.28 Million Passengers in May 2019
20,000 more passengers than previous record in March 2019
5/28/2019 View FileCondor Lands in New Orleans with Pride and Rainbow Colors
First Flight of the Summer Season Staffed with All-Female Cockpit Crew and All-Male Cabin Crew Who Will March in New Orleans Pride Parade Alongside Condor Float
5/9/2019   Air Transat introduces non-stop flights between Montreal and New Orleans (Louisiana)
Air Transat, named the 2018 World's Best Leisure Airline, is pleased to announce that it will add New Orleans, Louisiana, to its portfolio of fall and winter destinations. Beginning in November 2019, the airline will offer two direct flights a week from Montreal, giving travellers a chance to experience the festive atmosphere of jazz clubs or a contemplative stroll along the Bayou.
4/11/2019 View FileCity, Aviation Board Reschedule Opening of New Airport Terminal
Today, the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Aviation Board announced that, after evaluating the status of all construction activities and consulting with key stakeholders, the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) will now open to the public in fall 2019. The complex coordination of construction activities during the final phase of this major project has impacted the ability to provide the new, state-of-the-art airport facility to the Greater New Orleans region on the previously-scheduled date of May 15, 2019. 
4/2/2019 View FileNew Orleans Airport Recognizes Volunteer for 5,000 Hours of Service to MSY
3/11/2019 View FileFresh Flights at Low Prices to Jamaica & Dominican Republic from New Orleans

Vacation Express launches non-stop flights to Montego Bay & Punta Cana

2/18/2019 View FileAnother Record-Breaking Year of Passenger Traffic at New Orleans Airport
13.1 million passengers traveled through MSY in 2018
2/14/2019 View FileLet the Good Times Roll! Spirit Airlines Adds More Nonstop Flights to New Orleans
1/18/2019 View FileSpirit Airlines Continues Growth in New Orleans
New Flights to Four Destinations in 2019
1/15/2019   American Airlines Recognizes New Orleans for Exceptional Customer Service
12/7/2018 View FileCLEAR Launches at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Traveling through one of the world’s most diverse, resilient and exciting cities is as easy as tapping a finger or blinking an eye

11/15/2018View FileLet the Good Times Roll! Spirit Airlines Adds More Nonstop Flights to New Orleans
Allegiant today announces service to New Orleans from Louisville International Airport (SDF) beginning Feb. 28, 2019. To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $55.*
10/26/2018  Traffic Advisory: High Passenger Activity May Cause Delays near Armstrong International Airport
10/17/2018View FileNew Orleans Airport Aviation Director Appointed to ACI-NA U.S. Policy Council
10/12/2018View FileCondor Airlines Returning with Flights to Frankfurt, Germany in Summer 2019
10/9/2018 View FileNew Non-Stop Flights to Montego Bay, Jamaica from New Orleans
Vacation Express introduces new packages to Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril
9/20/2018 View FileCity, New Orleans Aviation Board Secures $35 Million in Additional Funding for New Terminal Construction Project

Funding includes $20.3 Million FAA Grant; Allows Airport to Add New Features; Opening Date Adjusted

5/22/2018 View FileAirport Serves a Record-High 1.2 Million Passengers in March 2018
100,000 more passengers than previous record in May 2017
5/18/2018 View FileNew Orleans Airport, Condor Airlines Celebrate One Year of Service from New Orleans to Frankfurt, Germany
Seasonal Flights Depart Thursdays and Sundays
5/4/2018 View FileEight Airport Employees Win 2018 Excellence in Government Award
For Successfully Recruiting and Launching New Flights
5/2/2018   Sun Country Airlines® Announces New Service Between Minneapolis and New Orleans
Network expansion brings Sun Country’s nonstop route total to 53 
5/2/2018   Traffic Advisory: High Passenger Activity May Cause Delays near Armstrong International Airport
4/27/2018 View FileAmerican Airlines to Host Travel Rehearsal Event for Families with Special Needs Children
4/26/2018 View FileBritish Airways Offers Special New Orleans Anniversary Fare Sale
Special $787 Dreamliner fare
4/23/2018   Traffic Advisory: Temporary Lane Closure on Access Road Travelling Away from Airport
3/27/2018   New Orleans Airport, British Airways Celebrate One Year of Nonstop Flights to London
3/20/2018 View FileNew Orleans Airport Aviation Director Appointed to National Industry Leadership Committee
2/15/2018   Southwest Announces Additional Frequency to Los Angeles from New Orleans
2/15/2018   Vacation Express Returns to New Orleans with Non-Stop Flights to Cancun and Punta Cana

Roundtrip service in 2018 to start in time for Memorial Day

Airport Report
4/6/2017 View FileRapid Growth Prompts Decision to Expand New North Terminal
At the March meeting of the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB), members officially voted to expand the new north terminal facility from the planned 30 gates to 35 gates.
3/6/2017 View FileRecord Year: All-time High Number of Airlines, Non-stop Destinations, and Passengers

In 2016, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport set new all-time records for its number of airlines, non-stop destinations, and passengers served. 

2/15/2017 View FileMilestones of Constructing Louisiana’s Airport
It has been one year since the groundbreaking ceremony was held marking the official commencement of North Terminal construction. 
1/4/2017 View FileNew Year, New Airport (Flights and Amenities)
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continues to expand air service and passenger amenities.
8/1/2012 View FilePreparing for the Super Bowl
New Orleans has been the host to some very big sporting events over the years, but none bigger than a Super Bowl. As everyone must know by now, New Orleans will be in the spotlight on Feb. 3, 2013 when the Super Bowl returns to the Crescent City for a 10th time. This high profile game will bring attention to our region, our city and our airport.
7/1/2012 View FileArts in the Airport
Art and music are two important ways to showcase a city's unique ambiance, particularly in public structures. The use of the arts in a public setting has been shown to create an improved public environment through the enhancement of spaces, with the sights and sounds of quality artists and musicians that are unique in their field and their presentation.
6/1/2012 View FilePlanning for the Hurricane Season
June 1st is the declared first day of the 2012 Hurricane Season and hurricane forecasters are calling for a below-average hurricane season this year. Regardless of the forecast, the key is to always be prepared with a storm safety plan during this time of year.
5/1/2012 View FileImproving Concessions at MSY
Saints Store On our path to transforming the airport into a business that closely reflects the aspirations of our community, we have discussed many initiatives with you in these reports. One such initiative is upgrading the concessions at the airport.
4/1/2012 View FileAccountability & Transparency at MSY
Over one year ago, I reported to readers of the Airport Report that the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB) and staff had taken significant steps to enhance a sense of accountability and transparency at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Very soon after I joined the MSY team in 2010, the Aviation Board requested audits through Harold A. Asher, CPA as a means of increasing transparency. In the early fall of that year after having studied the workings of the Airport, I submitted my 100 Day Report to the Board with a recommendation for audits after identifying significant system risks. These included a lack of policies and procedures and internal controls, lack of staff to conduct core business and findings of disproportionate revenues and expenses. I also recommended that the fleet of airport vehicles be significantly reduced and a new over-time policy for NOAB employees be set after Asher’s audit review of NOAB Overtime (posted on the Airport website).
3/1/2012 View FileNew Airport Developments
As Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport continues its modernization of the existing airport campus by Super Bowl 2013, the challenge by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to develop a "world class airport” has been heard and preliminary steps to address the directive are underway.
1/1/2012 View FileBuilding for the Future
We believe that our journey to becoming a world class airportis not an event but a process. To get to the world class airportstatus, we are working on a feasibility study for a new airportterminal to be constructed on the Airport property associatedwith steady progress on the completion of our $300 milliondollar modernization of the existing terminal.
12/1/2011 View FilePreparing for Emergencies
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses recent table-top exercises and full-scale exercises held at MSY.
11/1/2011 View FileHoliday Travel Tips at Armstrong International Airport
As we enter the holiday season, many of our residents will be traveling by air to visit loved ones and friends. I would like to share some tips with you that might make your travel through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport a little easier.
10/11/2011View FileDevelopments at Armstrong International Airport
09/01/2011View FileAirport Expansion - A New Plan for the Future
At the August New Orleans Aviation Board meeting, the following letter from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was presented to the Board Chairman Nolan V. Rollins by New Orleans city officials:
8/1/2011 View FileFinding Jobs at the Airport
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport plays many roles in the community. While some may think of the airport as nothing more than a transportation center where airplanes land and passengers and cargo move from one place to another, in reality the airport is much more than that. The airport is a source of revenue for government municipalities, a partner in industry with local businesses and most importantly in this troubled economy a provider of jobs.
7/1/2011 View FileAirport Numbers Continue to Soar
The return of tourists to the city is a welcomed sign that recovery from all of the natural and man-made disasters the city has survived is not only underway but is accelerating. Many of these tourists fly into the city using Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, a fact I believe is reflected in our increased passenger loads. Officials in the city that track tourism numbers state there has been a nearly 20 percent increase in tourism this year in New Orleans, as compared to last year.
6/1/2011 View FilePlanning for the Hurricane Season
The 2011 Hurricane Season began on June 1st.  Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses the Airport's Hurricane Preparedness Plan and what passengers should do to prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm.
5/2/2011 View FileImproving Services at MSY
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses the results of a recent Concessions Survey and ways we will use this information to improve Services at MSY
4/1/2011 View FileAir Service Soars at MSY
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses new air service at MSY
3/1/2011 View FilePreparing for the Super Bowl
Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation, discusses plans for getting the Airport ready for the 2013 Super bowl
Employee Newsletters
11/4/2011 View FileInside MSY - Summer/Fall 2011
"Throw Me Something" Fridays, In Remembrance - Henry Smith, NOAB employee luncheon, MSY Red Coat Retires, and more..
2/15/2011 View Fileinside MSY - Winter 2010
San Francisco Service, Zulu Queen arrives at MSY, Saints Ambassador, ID Badge Renewal, Sugar Bowl, and more.
3/10/2010 View FileInside MSY - Spring 2010
Iftikhar Ahmad Named Director, Frontier Returns to MSY, Construction Moving Along
8/15/2009 View FileInside MSY - Fall 2009
Making Dreams Come True, Security Reminder, Honor Air Flights, Continental  at Work and Capital Improvement Program
3/15/2009 View FileInside MSY - Spring 2009
Unique Nuptial for NOAB Manager, AeroMexico Service Returns, Congrats to Tax Free 20 Years of Service
8/15/2008 View FileInside MSY - Fall 2008
AAAE 80th Annual Conference & Expo, New Zipper LIne, Surviving Gustav and Sound Proofing Program
3/15/2008 View FileInside MSY - Spring 2008
JetBlue begins Boston Service, ExpressJet 1-year Anniversary, Air Force One meets Mexico One and NOAB Avcom Recognizes Employee
12/15/2007View FileInside MSY - Winter 2007
SWA Star of the Month, Cranes in the Sky, Wi-Fi Access now offered and AeroMexico Charters
4/16/2007 View FileInside MSY - Spring 2007
Music to your Eyes campaign rolls on, Cell Phone Lot opens and A Word from Sean
Archived Press Releases
3/26/2014   Armstrong International Airport Sets Passenger Ranking Record
Passenger Numbers Continue to Rise
3/24/2014   Southwest Expands Service at Armstrong International Airport
Washington National Service to Start in August
3/11/2014 View FileMSY Closes 2013 on a High Note
Over 9.2 Million Passengers Served
2/11/2014 View FileNew Orleans Scores Big: Lands Alaska Airlines
Non-stop service to Seattle begins in June
1/17/2014 View FileVacation Express Announces Non-Stop Flights form New Orleans to Jamaica
Flights to Montego Bay to Start May, 2014
1/16/2014 View FileMayor Landrieu, Aviation Board unveil conceptual design for new world-class airport terminal complex
Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined the New Orleans Aviation Board (NOAB), regional elected officials, business and tourism leaders to announce a major milestone in the plans to build a brand new, world-class airport terminal that will serve as a crucial economic driver for the New Orleans metropolitan region and provide a lasting impression to visitors due to its modern design and open architectural concept.
12/16/2013  Southwest Airlines to Start Non-stop Service to San Diego from New Orleans

After announcing about 1.4 million more seats last winter in New Orleans, Southwest Airlines is increasing air service from the New Orleans market with new non-stop service to San Diego, CA beginning on April 8, 2014 on their 737 aircraft.

2/5/2013 View FileRecord Crowd Passes Through Armstrong International Airport
1/15/2013 View FileMayor Landrieu and Airport Officials Unveil Armstrong International Airport Improvements
12/4/2012 View FileAccess Road Work May Cause Traffic Delays
Plan for 15-20 travel delays due to construction.
11/20/2012View FileThanksgiving Travel
Plan ahead for Thanksgiving Travel
10/10/2012View FileTicket Lobby to Expand with Whitney Bank 's Relocation
9/25/2012   Perlis Cajun clothing Debuts at Amrstrong International Airport
9/14/2012   Saints Store to Open in Armstrong International Airport
As part of the ongoing transformation at the Airport, a widespread revamp of concessions program is taking place, the New Orleans Saints opened their Saints store at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport today.
8/28/2012 View FileSouthwest Adds 1.5 Million Seats in New Orleans Including a New Destination
Big win for New Orleans
7/16/2012 View FileSpirit Airlines to Start Service at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
6/19/2012 View FileFitch upgrades New Orleans Airport's Outlook from "Stable" to "Positive" with A-
5/11/2012 View FileAirport Director Named Tourism Champion
3/1/2012 View File2011 Passenger Numbers Released
1/24/2012 View FileRevenue Bond Rating Affirmed by Moody's
11/21/2011View FilePlan Ahead for Thanksgiving Travel
10/12/2011View FileCuba Approves New Flight Service from New Orleans
10/7/2011 View FileTerminal Improvement Project to Affect Vehicle Traffic Patterns
9/2/2011 View FileAirport Website Named a Winner in a North American Contest
8/26/2011 View FileHurricane Irene Impacts
8/18/2011 View FileMayor Landrieu Calls for Robust Analysis on Future of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Asks Aviation Board for a Financially-feasible Plan for World-class Airport
7/25/2011 View FileAccidental Discharge at MSY
5/12/2011 View FileArmstrong International Bond Rating Outlook Revised Upward
3/14/2011 View FileArmstrong International Gains Additional Flights
MSY gains additional flights to Baltimore-Washington, Nashville and Kansas City
3/11/2011 View FileAirport Seeks Public Input on Concessions Offerings
Survey to solicit public input posted on-line
3/9/2011 View FileNew Orleans Receives Approval for Cuba Service
MSY received federal approval to serve as a port of entry for flights to Cuba.
3/3/2011 View FileMardi Gras Revelers Converge on New Orleans
Mardi Gras is upon us at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and we are seeing our seasonal surge in passenger traffic.
3/2/2011 View FileArmstrong International Reports Record Post-Katrina Numbers
Passenger numbers up 5.1% in 2010.
2/17/2011 View FileUnited Airlines Resumes San Francisco Service
1/14/2011 View FileBoard Finance Committee implementing new policies and procedures
"Gold Standard" Goverance Result from Two Analyses Commissioned by Aviation Board
11/19/2010View FilePlan Ahead for Holiday Travel
11/10/2010View FileAirport Receives Notice of Community Disaster Loan Forgiveness
10/25/2010View FileArmstrong International Unveils New Website
New Site Gives Travelers Ultimate Single-Stop Online Resource
10/22/2010View FileUnited Airlines Announces Service to San Francisco
10/21/2010View FileLouis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport withdraws from FAA Airport Privatization Pilot Program
9/22/2010 View FileTerminal Apron Work Shifts Flight Patterns
9/14/2010 View FileAirport Receives $6.2 Million AIP Grant
8/18/2010 View FileAviation Board Elects New Officers
The NOAB elects a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman
7/14/2010 View FileAir Canada Announces Service between New Orleans and Toronto
Service between Toronto and New Orleans starts October 30, 2010
7/9/2010 View FileLouis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Receives $4 Million AIP Grant


7/7/2010 View FileWestJet Announces Service between New Orleans and Toronto
New service to Toronto, Canada to begin November 1, 2010
7/1/2010 View FileArmstrong International Concessionaire Hours Extended
In response to increasing demand, Armstrong International Airport has extended the hours for its concessionaires
6/25/2010 View FileFitch Affirms Rating on New Orleans Aviation Board $144M Bond Series 2009
6/15/2010 View FileSouthwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service To the West Coast
New Nonstop service to LAX to begin November 7, 2010
5/18/2010 View FileAirTran Airways Announces New Nonstop Service Between Milwaukee and New Orleans
New service between Milwaukee and New Orleans to begin October 7, 2010
5/6/2010 View FileArmstrong International Sells $53.7M in Bonds to Support the Ongoing Terminal Modernization Program
PFC Bonds to be used to upgrade the airport's facilities.
4/21/2010 View FileAviation Board Approves Contract with Iftikhar Ahmad as Director of Aviation

"We are so pleased to have Mr. Ahmad join the team at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport,” said Aviation Board Chairman Dan Packer

3/17/2010 View FileArmstrong International Airport to Host Kick Off Ceremony for the Construction of Concourse D Expansion
The airport kicks off another part of its $400+ Million Airport Capital Improvement Program



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